YMMV: Xiu Xiu

  • Black Comedy: "When you get to be my age, the police don't assume that you still like to light things on fire. Bearing that in mind, I wouldn't trust me either." ("Boy Soprano")
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A frequent complaint from the band's detractors and sometimes even the band's fans. Whether or not you agree (and to what degree) probably depends on how well you think that they pull it all off.
  • Narm / Narm Charm: Given how emotive and over-the-top Jamie Stewart's vocal delivery tends to be, it's natural that he sometimes slips into this. Sometimes, as in songs like "I Broke Up", the effect is completely intentional.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In spades. Whether it comes from the bizarre production, Stewart's manic vocals, the harrowing lyrics or some combination of the three, many of Xiu Xiu's songs are just plain unnerving.
    • "El Naco." "I SEE IT AND I HAVE NO RIGHT TO SEE IT... I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT IT IS..."
    • "Black Drum Machine." "THERE MUST BE SOME THINGS FOR WHICH OUR GOD CANNOT BE ACCUSED THERE MUST BE SOME THINGS FOR WHICH OUR GOD CANNOT BE ACCUSED..."
    • The end of "Cynthia's Unisex." "I hate everyone but you... I hate everyone but you..."
    • "I Luv Abortion" is about a friend of Jamie's who cut herself while she was a pregnant teenager (even mailing him the knife she used), due to massive doubting her parenting abilities.
    • "The Silver Platter." "God made us and now he wants us to die..."
  • Signature Song: "I Luv the Valley OH!"
  • Tear Jerker: A very large chunk of their back catalogue is made up of relentlessly depressing and/or unsettling songs about extremely personal and often bleak subject matter.
    • Special mention goes to "Botanica de Los Angeles," which seems to be about Stewart witnessing the suicide of a sexual assault victim and being unable to do anything.
    • "Luber," apparently about a student of Jamie's with neglectful parents. The impassioned delivery just makes it even more devastating.
    • "Suha." "I hate my body / I hate the desert / I'm gonna hang myself / when will I be going home?"
    • "I Luv the Valley OH!", which is supposedly about an orphan in distress. Coupled with Xiu Xiu's most beautiful instrumentation, it's hard not to feel a little sad inside when listening to it.
  • The Woobie: Jamie's clearly been through a lot in his life. If a recent twitter post is to be believed, he was molested at the age of 8, which certainly explains the recurring themes of sexual abuse in his work...